CinemaNow, Sundance Channel Partner

Marina Del Rey-based CinemaNow has partnered with the Sundance Channel Home Entertainment to offer independent films via the Internet. The two companies said that films from the Sundance library will be available for download or streaming from CinemaNow, on a pay-per-view basis. The deal comes as studios are increasingly seeing the Internet as yet another media distribution medium, along side pay-per-view and movie rentals. CinemaNow is backed by Menlo Ventures, Lions Gate Entertainment, Microsoft, Cisco Systems and Blockbuster.